Special Education, M.Ed.


Contact: Jill Burkert, Ph.D.
(907) 796-6033


The M.Ed. program in Special Education prepares teachers to develop and implement culturally responsive special education services for students with disabilities. The program focuses on the unique needs of

  1. children and youth with disabilities;
  2. Alaska’s diverse Native and non-Native communities; and
  3. Alaska’s remote and rural and urban communities.

The M.Ed. program in Special Education is designed to accommodate practicing teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school-based professionals. Courses are offered in the evenings and in the summer and all courses are offered online and/or via audio conference. This e-Learning format allows candidates who live and work in Alaska’s remote and rural communities to remain in their communities while completing their graduate studies. Program assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted at the Program Assessment website.

Application Requirements

  1. A completed graduate application and $60 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. An official transcript indicating baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.00.
  3. Copy of current teaching certificate or admission to SOE teaching program.
  4. Two letters of recommendation on SOE form.
  5. Writing sample (1-2 page typed essay, double spaced). Describe your professional goals and explain why you want to be a special education teacher and/or work with individuals with disabilities. Describe your commitment to diversity in school and classroom settings.

Additional information and links to forms at: uas.alaska.edu/education/programs/med-speced.html

Minimum Credit Hours33
Program Requirements33
EDSE S482Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities3
Program Requirements
EDSE S605Early Childhood Special Education3
EDSE S610Assessment of Students with Disabilities3
EDSE S612Curriculum and Strategies: Low Incidence3
EDSE S622Curriculum and Strategies: High Incidence3
EDSE S677Language & Literacy: Assessment & Intervention3
EDSE S685Transition Planning for Secondary Students3
EDSE S692Seminar: Special Education: Secondary3
EDSE S694 (Special Education Practicum)3
EDSE S695Professional and Ethical Practice3
EDSE S698Master's Thesis Project3
Select one of the following:3
Literacy and Young Children
Alaska Literature for Young People
Literacy in the Intermediate and Middle School Grades
Classroom Research
Educational Research
Technology in Instructional Design
Mathematical Problem Solving for K-8 Teachers
Literature and Reading: Supporting Readers at All Levels
Reading and Literacy in the Content Areas
Classroom Management and Child Guidance in ECE
Approved Instructor Elective
Total Credits36

Exit Criteria

  1. Satisfactory completion of all courses
  2. GPA of 3.00 or higher
  3. An approved Master’s Research Project